Holly of the Year

Holly of the Year
The Holly Society of America, Inc. (P.O. Box 803, Millville, NJ 08332, phone 856-825-4300, web site http://www.hollysocam.org /) has named Ilex opaca ŒSatyr Hill¹ as the 2003 Holly of the Year. Here is more information on this cultivar from the HSA:
ŒSatyr Hill¹ ... was found as a volunteer seedling and developed at McLean¹s Nursery in Towson, Maryland, by Stewart McLean.... ŒSatyr Hill¹ has large, dark olive green leaves that are about 2-3/8" long and 2" wide. They are glossy, broadly oval, and nearly flat, with five or six spines on each side. The fruit is bright red and about 3/8" in diameter. Berries are borne singly and are nicely spaced. Full color is reached in late October in Zone 6. Berry retention is excellent, lasting all winter and into the spring, when robins eat them. This holly¹s beautiful berries and foliage make it highly suitable for wreaths and other cut holly uses, where it has proven to hold up extremely well. ŒSatyr Hill¹ is a vigorous grower with a compact, upright habit. The original registrant was about 9' tall and wide at 10 years in Zone 7. The plant should be hardy to Zone 5. A beautiful holly, ŒSatyr Hill¹ makes a wonderful landscape plant suitable for use as a striking specimen or grouped with other material at the back of a mixed border or in the center of an island bed.... [or] as an understory plant in naturalistic or woodland settings. As with other American hollies, it is suitable too for use in hedges or screening plantings. The best mail order source for both wholesale and retail container stock of ŒSatyr Hill¹ is Holly Ridge Nursery, 5925 S. Ridge Rd., West Geneva, OH 44041, phone 800-465-5901. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Reprinted with permission from the July 2003 _HortIdeas_. Copyright 2003 by Greg and Pat Williams. HORTIDEAS (ISSN 0742-8219) is published monthly by Gregory and Patricia Y. Williams, 750 Black Lick Road, Gravel Switch, KY 40328 U.S.A. Annual subscription rates: U.S., $25.00 periodicals or $27.00 first class; Canada and Mexico, $32.00; Overseas, $30.00 surface mail or $42.00 air mail. Single issues: North America, $2.50 each; Overseas, $3.00 each, surface mail, or $4.00 each, air mail. The email address for HORTIDEAS is: snipped-for-privacy@mis.net. _HortIdeas_ is now on the world wide web at http://www.users.mis.net/~gwill/hi-index.htm
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